Q. My cousin's wedding was in an old church where I'm getting married. Her wedding was beautiful but the shots look fuzzy and grainy. How can I make sure this doesn't happen to my wedding shots?
A. By hiring a better photographer. The technical answer to your cousin's botched wedding photography is that the ISO was too high, probably due to inferior camera equipment and inexperience. And unfortunately nothing can be done to save those shots. But when done right, even dark churches like the one I shot below can get tack sharp images.
Q. Unfortunately we let my best friend's brother shoot my wedding. I say unfortunately because he's not a pro and some of the pictures are too dark to see our faces, even though the background is really light. I'm heart broken. Can anything be done about this?
A. Sounds like he didn't handle the backlighting properly and so your faces were underexposed. What you want is proper exposure on both, like below. The problem is fixable in a professional program like Lightroom where the exposure can be increased, or "dodged" on your faces without touching the nice background lighting. You'll end up spending money to get this done, and it still might not be perfect, but at least you'll be saving those once in a lifetim...
Q. How should a couple choose their wedding photographer?
A. In choosing a photographer for the most important day of their life I suggest the couple considers the "Three E's", and not settle for any less:
Education: Formally trained in lighting, composition and equipment.
Experience: At least five years shooting weddings.
Equipment: Professional full frame (FX) camera gear, lots of lenses, speed lights and back up gear.